Dr. Armstrong is a native of Southern California and he graduated with a
degree in history from Pomona College in Claremont, California. At
Pomona, he was commencement speaker, an All-American
in NCAA, Division III Track & Field, and the recipient of an NCAA
Postgraduate Fellowship. He still holds the school record in the 5,000
meter run at Pomona. After receiving his masters degree in journalism
from UC Berkeley, he worked as a broadcast journalist
at CNN in Atlanta and at network affiliates in Salt Lake City and
Denver. After 14 years as a television journalist, Dr. Armstrong returned to
academics and received his doctorate from the University of Utah. His
dissertation, on localism in television, received the
Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast
Education Association. He has taught at Furman since 2002 and in 2004 he
received the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious
Advising Award. His research interests include
media history, broadcast journalism, and broadcast law and policy. Dr.
Armstrong lives in Greenville with his wife, son, and daughter.
His hobbies include running and following the Los Angeles Dodgers.